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Speakers

We seek presenters who can share successful strategies and tactics for growing a business in K12, Postsecondary or both markets for our breakout tracks on eTextbooks, Games, Global, Hot Topics, and Mobile. The application is now closed. Any applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. We will be in contact with applicants by March 31 once final decisions have been made. 

Keynote Speakers

Ronald Dunn

Ronald Dunn

President and Chief Executive Officer, Cengage Learning

Ronald G. Dunn is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Cengage Learning. He began this role in July 2007 when the business, then Thomson Learning, was acquired by Apax Partners and OMERS Capital Partners. He had previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Academic and International Group of Thomson Learning. Mr. Dunn also sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of American Publishers (AAP) as Vice Chairman.

Prior to joining Thomson Learning, Mr. Dunn was President of the Information Industry Association, a trade association representing publishers and other information companies. Prior to IIA, Mr. Dunn served as a business development consultant for the Educational and Professional Publishing Group at McGraw-Hill. Mr. Dunn also served as President of the McGraw-Hill College Division. From 1990 to 1993, he was President of Macmillan Publishing Company and Group Vice President of Macmillan, Inc., overseeing its electronic publishing companies.

Mr. Dunn began his career in 1972 with the American Chemical Society Chemical Abstracts Service Division. In 1986, he was named director of the Washington Operations for the American Chemical Society (ACS) where he was responsible for three of its major operating divisions — publications, education and membership. Mr. Dunn holds a BA in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Ohio State University.

Tom Luna

Tom Luna

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Idaho State Department of Education

Tom Luna is serving his second term as Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 2011, he worked with Idaho's Governor to pass one of the most comprehensive education reform packages in the nation to make every classroom a 21st Century Classroom, ensure every student has access to a highly effective teacher every year in school, and give parents immediate access to understandable information about their child’s school and district.

These reform efforts build on the progress Idaho schools have made in Tom’s tenure, with the percent of schools making Adequate Yearly Progress increasing from 26% in 2007 to 62% in 2010, leading the nation in the increase. Related initiatives will further infuse new technology into classrooms, including by giving every high school student a laptop, making online classes a graduation requirement and providing more related teacher training. He helped secure funding for and implement the Idaho Education Network, which is connecting every Idaho high school and college and university through a secure, broadband intranet.

Before becoming Idaho’s Superintendent in 2006, Tom had a successful career in business spanning more than 25 years. Tom served as a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige from 2003 to 2005. Tom currently serves as President of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a nationwide organization that brings together the top education leaders from every state.

Additional Speakers

Norman Basch

Norman Basch

VP, Business Development, BrainPOP

For the past two years, Norman has overseen business development/partnerships at BrainPOP. Prior to that, he founded and led FremantleMedia’s worldwide interactive group, where he oversaw the development and commercialization of major internet and mobile initiatives including American Idol and online game shows such as The Price is Right and Family Feud. Norman is interested in the combination of media and technology, and the new experiences and revenue opportunities that arise from that.

Sharren Bates

Sharren Bates

Senior Program Officer, College Ready - Next Generation Models, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Sharren Bates co-leads the Gates Foundation’s work on data and content interoperability, building on the success of the widespread state adoption of the Common Core State Standards. She has worked at the intersection of education policy and technology for the past five years in federal and district roles. Most recently, she spent time at the FCC working on the education chapter of the National Broadband Plan. Previously, she led the ARIS team at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), where she launched an integrated data reporting and collaboration system for the city’s 90,000 teachers and 800,000 parents. Before joining the NYCDOE, Sharren spent 10 years leading product and project management teams building online solutions for companies like Verizon, KPMG and The Grow Network/McGraw Hill.

Karen Billings

Karen Billings

Vice President, Education Division, SIIA

Karen Billings has more than 40 years of experience in the education technology industry with positions in management, development, marketing, sales and classroom teaching. At SIIA she drives the association's work with its 190 member companies for whom educational publishing is a primary business. Prior to SIIA, Billings, was vice president, Major Business Initiatives for bigchalk Inc, where she drove relationships with major industry partners to respond to new business opportunities and vice president and general manager of its MediaSeek Division. She worked at Microsoft Corporation, managing K-12 Strategic Relations and at Claris Corporation, where she ran the Worldwide K-12 and Higher Education Marketing Programs. She served as director of sales at Logo Computer Systems, Inc. and as an executive editor in the School Division at Houghton-Mifflin Company.

Charlene Blohm

Charlene Blohm

President, C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.

Charlene Blohm is president of C. Blohm & Associates, Inc. (CB&A), a public relations firm specializing in the education and special needs industries. Charlene's expertise in developing and implementing strategic marketing plans has been fine-tuned over the years, and she is now one of the industry's go-to leaders for engaging visibility campaigns. Through savvy media relations and Web 2.0 knowledge, Charlene and the CB&A team connect members of their client family with the people who directly influence the audiences they need to reach -- educators, administrators, parents, therapists, and potential investors.

John Bower

John Bower

Chief Executive Officer, uBoost

John Bower is founder and CEO of uBoost, the nations largest online K-20 recognition and rewards program. National companies like Kaplan, K12 Inc, Connections Academy, Scientific Learning and White Hat have leveraged uBoost's features to increase course completion and student retention for the past three years. He founded, operated and sold his healthcare company in Chicago before moving to Hawaii and forming uBoost in 2007.

Jim Bowler

Jim Bowler

Chief Executive Officer, Sebit, LLC - Adaptive Curriculum

Jim joined Adaptive Curriculum in February 2010 to lead the company’s mission of using technology to increase student achievement in math and science. Prior to joining Adaptive Curriculum, Jim served as CEO of Epsilen, a global eLearning company; CEO of Classroom Connect, an online professional development company; President of Harcourt Connected Learning; and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Computer Curriculum Corporation, a division of Pearson Education. Jim also spent over 15 years in K-12 education as a math educator, academic dean, secondary school principal, and school president.

 

Charles Callis

Vice President, Waterford Institute

Charles Callis is Vice President International for the Waterford Institute and leads Waterford's business development activities globally. Charles has over 25 years executive-level business development experience taking software and technology companies from startup or early stage to profitable multi million / multi billion dollar businesses. He speaks several languages and has lived, worked and traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Charles has served as Managing Director and VP Marketing EMEA for Novell, VP of Global Sales and Marketing for Altiris, Clearone Communications, and Learnframe and as VP Business Development, Strategy and Marketing for Emida Technologies.

Frank Catalano

Frank Catalano

Principal, Intrinsic Strategy

Frank Catalano develops marketing strategy and branding initiatives for his clients. A long-time industry consultant and analyst, he had worked with a variety of education technology and digital learning companies including Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Apple and MetaMetrics, and was a consulting Senior Analyst for MDR’s EdNET Insight service. Frank also spent four years as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Pearson's U.S. school and assessment businesses. Frank is a well-known speaker, author and media commentator. He writes a column for GeekWire.com, is a contributor to NPR/KQED’s education site MindShift and the edtech site EdSurge, and tweets @FrankCatalano. Frank is a two-term SIIA Education Division Board member in his fourth year as CODiE Awards emcee.

Karen Cator

Karen Cator

Director, Office of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education

Karen Cator is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. She has devoted her career to creating the best possible learning environments for this generation of students. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple's leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators. Cator joined Apple in 1997 from the public education sector, most recently leading technology planning and implementation in Juneau, Alaska. She also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a Masters in school administration from the University of Oregon and Bachelors in early childhood education from Springfield College. She is the past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on the several boards including the Software & Information Industry Association—Education.

Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen

Managing Director, Cohen Strategy Group

Matthew Cohen serves a senior consultant to the WiseChoice Education Network and is the Managing Director of Cohen Strategy Group. Prior, he served as a founding member of the executive leadership team at ConnectEDU. Under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, he was the Special Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. An entrepreneur himself, Cohen founded and secured funding for a number of successful ed-tech companies. Cohen began his public service career as Director of Field Operations for US Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro for whom he also served a tour on Capitol Hill.

Stephen Coller

Stephen Coller

Senior Program Officer, Next Generation Models, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Stephen joined the Gates Foundation in July 2010 from Microsoft, where he worked as a Senior Director of Technology Policy and Strategy. In this role Stephen helped develop Microsoft’s vision for the connection between technology and core societal issues and convert that vision into a set of policy recommendations for senior government leaders and regulatory bodies around the world. Earlier in his career at Microsoft, he worked on virtual server, cloud platform, and application products and technologies. Stephen began his time at Microsoft as the Chief of Staff to the CFO and before that worked in financial services and consulting, including at Goldman Sachs, Peregrine Partners, and Marakon Associates.

Andrew Coulson

Andrew Coulson

President, Education Division, MIND Research Institute

Andrew R. Coulson is responsible for all matters related to expansion and implementation in the schools, development, marketing/public relations and staff management. Mr. Coulson brought 17 years of experience in operations, quality, and management of engineering and high tech business, transferring technology from R&D to production. As head of operations, in 1998 Andrew guided a $20MM instrumentation company into ISO 9001 quality compliance. Andrew also brings experience as the education program officer for a major Orange County foundation and as CEO of a TV/internet media company He was awarded a BS and MS in Physics from UCLA.

George DeBakey

George DeBakey

President , DeBakey International

George DeBakey has been involved in international business for 35 years in the private and public sector. Currently he is the President of DeBakey International which focuses on assisting U.S. education firms to develop business overseas especially in the Middle East. He began his career with Rockwell International and served in various positions in the international division of the electronics and telecommunications sector and lived overseas in London, England and Cairo, Egypt. He is active in the Global Working Group for SIIA.

Donald Doane

Donald Doane

Chief Executive Officer, ConnectYard, Inc.

Donald Doane co-founded ConnectYard in 2007 and currently serves as the Company's CEO. He is responsible for overseeing ConnectYard's corporate strategy and vision for helping institutions leverage social and mobile technologies for increased student engagement and retention. He has been developing, marketing and selling software solutions since the mid-90's and in 2000 founded OpenDemand Systems, Inc., which has helped many of the nation's largest universities successfully deploy learning management and student information systems to tens of thousands of student, faculty and administrative users.

Erik Evans

Erik Evans

Associate Vice President/Editor-in-Chief, Bridgepoint Education

Erik Evans joined Bridgepoint in 2009 when he was hired as Editorial Director to build an editorial department and lead the product development effort for Constellation. Prior to joining Bridgepoint, Erik was Senior Acquisitions Editor for Psychology with SAGE Publications. He is a second generation college textbook publisher and has also worked for publishing houses Thomson/Cengage Learning and Bedford/Freeman/Worth. Erik has significant experience in many facets of college textbook publishing including editorial, sales, marketing and technology.

 

Jeremy Felker

Director, Instructional Data Services, Jefferson County Public Schools, Colorado

Jeremy Felker has over 18 years of experience supporting instructional technology in schools as a teacher, technology coordinator, systems administrator, and district administrator. He serves on multiple state education data committees that advise the Colorado Department of Education and other state agencies, as well as approve data collection requirements for Colorado school districts.

Glenn Fisher

Glenn Fisher

Chief Operating Officer, RedRock Reports

Glenn has a broad background in program management, education, and technology. At RedRock Reports he is responsible for business development, marketing, technology management, and client contact. Prior experience includes creating developer and marketing programs at Linden Lab and Openwave as well as managing product development at Apple Computer.

Bridget Foster

Bridget Foster

Education , Consultant

In her former position, Bridget was responsible for developing, building, and growing PolyVision’s alliance and partnership program globally as well as creating and overseeing marketing campaigns tied to partner promotion. She was previously the Manager of Technology Products at Key Curriculum Press, a publisher of mathematics textbooks and software for the K12 education community. She was also the Director of Business Development at SchoolNet; the Director of Education at PLATO Learning; and Executive Director of the California Learning Resource Network, a service of the California Department of Education. She started her career as a high school science and math teacher and has credentials in English, science, mathematics and administration.

Jeffrey Fromm

Jeffrey Fromm

Partner, Corporate & Transactions Group, Dorsey and Whitney, LLP

Jeff Fromm is a partner in the Corporate and Transactions Group of the AmLaw100 firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where represents growth-stage companies, product and service businesses, and investment groups. He has experience in the U.S. and globally with venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing, executive compensation, and general corporate matters. He is a member of Kidron Opportunity Fund, a venture capital fund targeting global investments in a range of technology companies, and has also served as President of KnowledgeQuest Ventures, a financial advisory and management consulting firm serving the education industry.

Neal Goff

Neal Goff

President, Egremont Associates, LLC

Neal Goff founded Egremont Associates after a successful 25-year career in publishing, which culminated in his serving for five years as President of the Weekly Reader Publishing Group. In that role, he guided Weekly Reader's transition from exclusively print to print and digital content distributed through multiple channels. A past president of the Association of Educational Publishers, Neal also served previously as President of Scholastic Library Publishing and Prentice Hall Direct. A member of the Board of Directors at ReadWorks and of the Advisory Board at Newsela, Neal co-authored the 2012 and 2013 editions of MDR's State of K-12 Market Report.

Diana Gowen

Diana Gowen

Alliance Manager, Education Programs, Intel Corporation Education Group

Diana Gowen is the Alliance Manager for Intel's Strategic Education Programs. Her focus is working with software developers and digital content providers to accelerate the development of high impact programs and technology solutions. Diana holds degrees in Chemistry from Emmanuel College and The University of Arizona and Computer Science from Pace University.

Adam Hall

Adam Hall

President, SkillsTutor

Adam Hall’s former company Impact Education was acquired by HMH and merged with their SkillsTutor division. Co-founded by Adam in 2000, Impact Education continued a family tradition of more than 30 years of educational service. Adam's work with Impact, and subsequently, SkillsTutor, has allowed him to focus on his passion of empowering "at risk" and incarcerated youth populations around the country with basic academic skills to keep them in school and off the streets. He is presently focused on executing SkillsTutor's mobile learning initiative, which will expand the reach of SkillsTutor's diagnostic/prescriptive instructional model, making it truly anytime/anywhere.

Kelly Hamilton

Kelly Hamilton

Sr. Manager, Learn Product Marketing, Blackboard

Kelly Hamilton brings more than ten years of practical K12 education experience to her role as Senior Manager of Learn Product Marketing at Blackboard, Inc. In her role, Kelly develops and manages strategy and marketing campaigns for Blackboard's global client community and works closely with the sales team on strategic account management. Kelly continues to work in the K12 community as a founding board member of the Nexus Academy, a new blended model charter school in Indianapolis.

 

John Harrington

Chief Executive Officer, Funds For Learning

Funds for Learning, LLC was founded in 1997. In his role as Chief Executive Officer, John Harrington manages the daily operations of the nation’s first and largest E-rate compliance services firm. Mr. Harrington and his firm provide service to E-rate stakeholders nationwide and have helped schools and libraries apply for more than $1 billion in E-rate funding commitments.

 

Matt Haselton

Designer, Filament Games

Matt Haselton is a game designer and researcher at Filament Games, an educational games company based in Madison, WI. Previously, he was a designer at Quest Atlantis, and is currently completing his MA in Telecommunications from Indiana University. Matt was drawn to educational games as a way to merge his odd excitement about explaining things to people with his long-standing love of all things interactive.

Brandi Heinz Brown

Brandi Heinz Brown

Social Media and E-commerce Manager, ETA Hand2Mind

Brandi Heinz Brown is social media and ecommerce manager at ETA hand2mind, formerly ETA/Cuisenaire. She is also a graduate student at Northwestern University in their Integrated Marketing Communications program. At ETA hand2mind, Brandi is developing a customer-focused digital marketing program as well as integrating online strategies into the more traditional direct marketing programs. Most recently, Brandi developed the social media strategy from the ground up at Follett Software.

Charlie Hermes

Charlie Hermes

CEO, YourTeacher

Charlie Hermes is CEO and Co-Founder of YourTeacher. For the last ten years, Mr. Hermes has been at the forefront of the B-to-C side of education technology, leading YourTeacher while disrupting how math tutoring is delivered to the consumer market.

YourTeacher is a digital publisher specializing in middle school, high school and college level math. Its subscription website, MathHelp.com, together with an extensive line of math apps, have provided millions of students with math tutoring, standardized test prep, and homeschooling. YourTeacher is also revolutionizing the textbook industry with a patent-pending math iBooks textbooks for the flipped classroom.iBooks textbooks.

Isabella Hinds

Isabella Hinds

President and Principal Consultant, Hinds & Associates

Isabella Hinds is President and Principal Consultant at Hinds&Associates. Most recently, Hinds served as Director of Digital Content at Follett Higher Education Group, responsible for designing and launching a digital strategy for the organization's market leading course materials business. Isabella brought a varied background to that challenge, having headed publisher relations for Blackboard, business development for WebCT, and worked with several major Higher Education publishers on specific strategic projects in market positioning. Isabella also served as Vice President, Publisher Relations at the Copyright Clearance Center from 1987 - 1998.

Jennifer House

Jennifer House

President, RedRock Reports

Dr. Jennifer House founded RedRock Reports to provide actionable funding insights to companies selling to K-12 education. Jenny provides clients with a strategic vision from both business and education perspectives. Her work is informed by years of experience in district administration as well as industry management. At RedRock Reports she focuses on the impact of funding knowledge on sales, advising clients about funding trends and execution strategies via webinars and in-person presentations. Prior experience includes holding management positions at HP and Apple Computer as well as executive positions at Classroom Connect and Tenth Planet.

Bill Hughes

Bill Hughes

Director, Pearson

Bill Hughes is Vice President of Strategy and Alliances at Pearson, where he advises its executive team on growth strategies, acquisitions and partnerships. Previously, he ran and re-architected Pearson’s CourseCompass e-learning platform, the predecessor of Pearson’s OpenClass. Over the past 20 years he has held senior management and consulting positions at Sapient, Mercer and the Cambridge Incubator.

Robert Iskander

Robert Iskander

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, VIP Tone, Inc.

Robert Iskander is the Founder and CEO of VIP Tone, Inc. and serves on the SIIA Ed Division Board. After spending 13 years at Sun Microsystems, including 5 years leading the global education market development and vision, Robert started VIP Tone in April 2000 with the goal of connecting all of the dots for the K-20 education enterprise. VIP Tone's EduTone is the first e-integration platform that connects and provisions education enterprise end-users with a multi-vendor ecosystem of IP-based communications, collaboration, learning and administration applications, through a global identity management utility.

 

Stephen Jacobs

Director, Lab for Technological Literacy, Rochester Institute of Technology

Stephen designed and built exhibits for the Capital Children’s Museum in the 70's, ran trade shows for the Commodore Amiga in the 80’s, and began teaching at RIT in the 90’s. In this century he teaches game history, design, narrative and industry practices. He is currently working on game and/or narrative design for Just Press Play (funded by Microsoft Research), Martha Madison's Marvelous Machines (funded by the NSF) and MindGamers, (funded by RIT's office of Applied Research). He serves as a Visiting Scholar for the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong and Chair of the IGDA Learning, Education and Game Special Interest Group.

Kim Jones

Kim Jones

CEO, Chairman, Curriki

Kim Jones is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Curriki, a non profit organization focused on improving education through technology for children. Kim was formerly an Executive with Sun Microsystems for over 20 years. Most recently, Kim was President and Managing Director for Sun UK & Ireland, overseeing sales, operations, and managerial functions across all technology lines of business. In addition to her role at Curriki, Kim is a member of MIT's Open Courseware Industry Advisory Council.

Judah Karkowsky

Judah Karkowsky

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Wireless Generation

Judah Karkowsky leads Amplify's/Wireless Generation's efforts to build meaningful partnerships within education technology. The company is a leading innovator and developer of educational software that helps teachers teach and provides digital assessment, reporting, and data analysis tools to enhance instruction in grades PreK - 12. Wireless Generation also builds large scale educational data systems, designs personalized curriculum and provides technology consulting and other professional services for schools and districts. Karkowsky is responsible for enhancing these services and product lines and for finding new corporate growth opportunities for the company. He identifies ways to partner and collaborate with publishers, universities, and other organizations advancing PreK-12 learning. Karkowsky forges relationships that strengthen the company's role in the ed tech marketplace and contribute to improvements and innovation in the classroom.

Sesh Kumar

Sesh Kumar

Chief Executive Officer, Emantras Inc.

As the CEO of Emantras, Sesh Kumar has grown the company from a small educational start-up to a globally recognized brand. Over the past couple of years, Sesh has been leading the transformation of the organization to become a leader of the mobile learning market. He was part of the executive team that designed and delivered the award-winning MOBL21 platform, which makes technology ubiquitous so that educators and publishers can focus on delivering high quality content. Prior to his CEO role at Emantras, Sesh was the CIO of the Sienna Group.

D. Midian Kurland

D. Midian Kurland

SVP, Technology & Development, Scholastic Education

Dr. D. Midian Kurland is a 30-year veteran of the ed tech industry. Currently he is Senior Vice President, Technology and Development for Scholastic Education where he manages product development for Scholastic's technology-based web and enterprise curriculum products including READ 180. Earlier in his career, he held research positions at the Center for the Study of Reading (Un. of Illinois) and Bank Street College. Later, before joining Scholastic, he lead development projects at EDC, the Advanced Technology Group at Apple, Computer Curriculum Corporation and several Internet start-ups.

Vineet Madan

Vineet Madan

Senior Vice President, New Ventures & Strategic Services, McGraw-Hill Education

Vineet oversees McGraw-Hill Education’s strategic planning, reengineering, major partnerships, market development, venture investments, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and an internal research and development function. Prior to his current role, he led McGraw-Hill Higher Education’s Learning Ecosystems group, focused on developing breakthrough digital products and services to optimize faculty, student and institutions. Earlier, he served as vice president and global head of strategy and corporate development for McGraw-Hill Education. In that role, Vineet helped direct the company’s digital transformation leading product and market strategy efforts across K-12, assessment, higher education and international resulting in the launch of new digital products and services. Vineet currently serves on the Board of the Education division of the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) and was previously a Board observer at HotChalk.

 

Sylvia Martinez

President, Generation YES

Sylvia Martinez is President of Generation YES, a non-profit evangelizing student involvement in education reform through technology. Generation YES helps schools through a change process that includes student-centered teaching practices, encouragement of student voice, and technology combined with service learning.

Prior to joining Generation YES, Sylvia oversaw product development, design and programming for consumer software, console games, and educational games at several software publishing companies. Sylvia has continued to write and speak about the impact of games on learning and how schools must adapt to meet the needs of the gamer generation.

Glen McCandless

Glen McCandless

President, Focus Marketing

For more than 25 years Glen has had a focus on sales, marketing and business development in the ed tech space. He is a consultant on sales/marketing/partnering strategies for senior management teams at companies large and small, speaker, author and "thought leader" on a range of sales and marketing related topics for the edu tech industry. Glen’s SellingToSchools (STS) free online professional learning community includes STS.com, STS LinkedIn, STS Radio and STS Twitter where thousands of industry professionals read, listen and discuss sales and marketing tips and advice from dozens of industry experts.

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

Chief Executive Officer, Atomic Learning

Dan Meyer is the CEO of Atomic Learning, Inc., a leader provider of training to thousands of schools, universities, and companies worldwide. Dan has over 20 years of experience in education technology as a teacher, technology coordinator, adjunct professor and company executive. Dan also serves as a board member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Vibhu Mittal

Vibhu Mittal

CEO, Root-1, Inc.

Vibhu left Google in 2009 to work on education and co-founded Root-One. He is the recipient of the IEEE-Allied Vincent Bendix Award for his work on building computer based navigational aids for visually handicapped people. At Google, he led efforts that resulted in initial prototypes of Google Scholar and Google Translate, and set up Google’s first international engineering office in India. Prior to working for Google, he worked on a NLM funded project on patient education for Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh and CMU, where he taught as an adjunct until 2006. He also worked on an NSF funded project aimed at visualizing and explaining large, complex datasets.

Farb Nivi

Farb Nivi

Founder, Grockit

Farb is the Founder and Chief Product Officer of Grockit, a San Francisco-based social learning company focused on collaborative learning. His passions are social learning practices and developing lean, sustainable and scalable technology business practices. He has been an entrepreneur and teacher since he was in his teens. The first company he started is Michigan-based Vision Computer Solutions which he ran from 1995-1998. He then joined The Princeton Review where he was a teacher, a trainer and wrote curriculum and pedagogy. In 2001, Farb was honored with The Princeton Review's National Teacher of the Year Award.

Emma Nothmann

Emma Nothmann

Sr. Director of Partnerships and Business Development, Edmodo

Emma Nothmann leads business development for Edmodo, the leading online social learning platform for the K-12 classroom. In her role, Emma manages relationships with digital publishers and game developers to bring the best interactive content to Edmodo classrooms across the world and provide partners with a scalable distribution channel. Prior to joining Edmodo, Emma led Booz & Company's North American Education Practice as a Principal.

Jim Peterson

Jim Peterson

Director of Technology, Bloomington Public School District 87, Illinois

Jim is currently the Technology Director for the Bloomington Schools, District 87, as well as the CTO for the IlliniCloud. He serves in a number of leadership roles over the past decade in designing and implementing technology assessment, curriculum and instructional systems; shared technology infrastructure and professional development programs throughout K12 in Illinois. Jim’s current focus is providing districts low-cost, scalable and reliable infrastructure, applications and services for school districts through the IlliniCloud.

 

Zach Posner

CEO, Engrade

Zach Posner is the CEO of Engrade, a Santa Monica, CA based start-up devoted to unifying education through people, tools, data, and curriculum. Prior to joining Engrade in 2010, Mr. Posner founded New Wave Advisors, a company specializing in online media strategy. In addition to Engrade, Mr. Posner enthusiastically maintains an active role in education as a lecturer at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California and enjoys cycling and reading about new technologies. Mr. Posner holds a BS in Business from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Thor Prichard

Thor Prichard

President & CEO, Clarity Innovations, Inc.

Thor Prichard is President & CEO of Clarity Innovations, a firm that has for over the 16 years quietly helped dozens of clients improve the process and practice of teaching and learning by creating solutions that match promising technologies with the needs of education. Thor possesses an intrinsic understanding of the nuances (and challenges) of teaching and learning effectively with technology in both formal and informal settings and has extensive experience at developing instructional resources and learning environments that integrate technology in a meaningful way. Thor holds a BA in cognitive psychology and is frequently found racing sailboats in the Puget Sound in the middle of winter.

 

Norrizan Razali

Senior Manager, Multimedia Development Corporation

Dr. Norrizan Razali, a strategist in innovative learning for all ages and all walks of life, obtained her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She now heads the Digital Age Learning section at the Multimedia Development Corporation, a government-owned corporation that oversees the Multimedia Super Corridor, a national ICT initiative for Malaysia. Currently, she is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of the on line and customized on demand education projects that revolutionize access to learning opportunities digitally. She has contributed to the development and transformation of education for nearly 20 years steering innovations in education and learning programmes at the national level, regionally and various parts of the world especially. She has served as a visiting scholar and education expert in institutions based in Korea, Germany, France, England and Scotland. She is actively consulted by local and international bodies for transforming education systems and innovating learning experience for the 21st Century. Recently, she was awarded the e Learning Leadership award by the World Education Congress. Her other international accolades include the United Nations South-South Cooperation Award and the China Wenhui-UNESCO Award to name a few, for her transformative education programmes.

John Reese

John Reese

Executive Chairman, Parchment

John Reese's 40-year career as an innovative entrepreneur and corporate executive has always focused on eliminating paper and empowering end-users. He was Docufide's CEO from its inception in 2003 until 2011 when it was renamed Parchment and Matt Pittinsky, Blackboard's cofounder, joined as CEO. As Parchment's Executive Chairman, John continues to target opportunities to unleash education credentials by unlocking the critical data they embody. Starting in 1975 John conceived, designed, and developed Citibank's groundbreaking ATMs, pay-at-the-pump gas station systems, and homebanking services. After leaving Citi, he launched Dollars & Sense, the nation's best-selling software for managing home and small business finances. Later, as TRW Group VP and President of TRW Financial Systems, he provided high-speed imaging solutions for large paper-intensive corporations. Then, in 1994, John founded iSearch, the first SaaS company to manage resume databases and applicant tracking systems for Fortune 100 companies.

Robert Resnick

Robert Resnick

President, Education Market Research

Dr. Robert Resnick has been associated with K-12 education for over 30 years. He taught in the New York City public schools, and then taught at the college level after completing his Ph.D. in experimental psychology. Following that, Bob worked at McGraw-Hill, first in market research, then in sales, product development, general management, and planning and acquisitions. Bob was then vp of sales and marketing at Market Data Retrieval. He founded his own company, dedicated to K-12 market research publishing and consulting, in 1995.

John Richards

John Richards

President, Consulting Services for Education

John Richards, Ph. D. is Founder and President of Consulting Services for Education, Inc. (CS4Ed. www.cs4ed.com) and Adjunct Faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education teaching Entrepreneurship in the Education Marketplace. At CS4Ed, John works with educational publishers and organizations on market research, strategic planning, and product development and evaluation.
Previously, John was President of the JASON Foundation and GM of Turner Learning, the educational arm of Turner Broadcasting. He recently completed the 2012 U.S. Educational Technology Market: PreK-12 report for SIIA, and with Chris Dede (Eds.) has just published Digital Teaching Platforms, Teachers College Press.

Daniel Rinn

Daniel Rinn

President and COO, National Technology Transfer (NTT Inc.)

Dan lead's NTT as president and chief operating officer. NTT strives to provide our customers with a the best industrial skills and safety training available anywhere resulting in more operational uptime for your business. Dan's background includes leadership within the corporate training and learning markets along with a long career providing market leading educational technology and assessment solutions

Jeremy Roschelle

Jeremy Roschelle

Director of the Center on Technology in Learning, SRI International

Dr. Jeremy Roschelle, Director of the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International, works with over 60 talented researchers and staff. Jeremy founded SRI's Strategic Learning Consulting practice, which translates research knowledge to advances in learning technology products. Two running themes in his work are the study of collaboration in learning and the appropriate use of advanced or emerging technologies in education. More recently, Jeremy has been addressing large-scale use of innovative technologies in education. He serves on the editorial boards of leading journals and has been invited to give keynote addresses in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Ileana Rowe

Ileana Rowe

Principal, Corporate Growth

Ileana Q. Rowe is a marketing, business development and product management consultant with cross-functional, multi-channel expertise leading start-up, fast-track growth and diversified high-tech ventures. In her nearly thirty years of experience, Ileana has worked with companies such as Apple, Mattel, WebMD, Portland Public Schools and Learning.com, using her skills to successfully plan and execute executive-level strategies, formulating a company vision and long-term strategies.

In most recent years she has taken several assignments acting as a part-time CMO for companies like Lightspeed Systems, November Leaning and others in helping companies in identifying and capitalizing upon market opportunities to build brand equity, drive revenue growth, expand market penetration and win dominant market share

Ileana is truly a global professional, with demonstrated experience living and working across the US, Europe and Latin America. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and has a good understanding of French. Ileana received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Costa Rica.

 

Joshua Salcman

Co-Founder and CEO, Virtual Nerd

At Virtual Nerd, Josh guides the company's strategic direction and oversees design and development of Virtual Nerd's website and patent-pending Dynamic Whiteboard, an individualized learning platform, for which he wrote the original codebase. Prior to starting Virtual Nerd, he led internet marketing efforts at Metaphase Design Group and helped define product design strategies for the firm's clients. Josh was also a founding officer of the Saint Louis chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America, serving as chapter Treasurer from 2007 to 2009, and served on the Advisory Committee for the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation from 2007 to 2011.

Perry Samson

Perry Samson

CEO, LectureTools Inc.

Perry Samson--is Arthur F. Thurmond Professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan. Perry is the recipient of the College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009 Teaching Innovation Award and the 2010 Distinguished Professor of the Year in the State of Michigan. Professor Samson is also an entrepreneur as co-founder of LectureTools (http://www.lecturetools.com) and the Weather Underground (http://www.wunderground.com).

David Samuelson

David Samuelson

EVP Director Games & Augmented Reality, Pearson

As part of Pearson plc's digital strategy team, David is responsible for exploring new global business opportunities across Pearson's education, trade publishing and information businesses, and for leveraging emerging technologies such as augmented reality. In 1997, David joined Pearson to leverage textbook content into the consumer market, and he created one of the earliest online interactive textbooks for home and school use. David continued his focus on Pearson's digital strategy as VP of Family Education Network and SVP of product strategy and marketing for the US school business before becoming Chief Marketing Officer in 2005. More recently, David was president of Global Schools for Pearson working across our school publishing interests worldwide.

Stephan Samuelson

Stephan Samuelson

President & CEO, Twist Education, LLC

Stephan is a co-founder of Twist Education, LLC where he currently serves as President & CEO. An accomplished Software Program Manager, he extended his 20+ years of experience to executive management. Since 2008, Stephan has provided Twist Education with strategic planning, leadership, human capital development, innovative game-based learning design, and long-term strategic vision as he has moved the company forward from the start-up phase, through research, product development, and product release. Stephan is a member of the board of managers for Twist Education and an active member of SIIA.

Farimah Schuerman

Farimah Schuerman

Managing Partner, Academic Business Advisors, LLC

Farimah Schuerman is a specialist in the business of educational technology. During her career, she has helped hundreds of education companies bring new products to market while ensuring that product quality is maintained at the highest level. Farimah has provided guidance in the areas of sales, marketing, product development, business development and many other pivotal areas. Farimah has been active within SIIA's Education Division the past few years; serving on the Education Board, as co-chair of the Postsecondary Committee and on the Steering Committee for the Ed Tech Business Forum and the Ed Tech Industry Summit, at which she has presented in years past.

Justin Serrano

Justin Serrano

President, Kaplan K12 and College Prep, Kaplan K12 Learning Services

Justin Serrano is the President of Kaplan K12 Learning Services, LLC and college prep programs at Kaplan Test Prep, a division of Kaplan, Inc., the worldwide leader in test prep and education. He started at Kaplan over 17 years ago as a teacher and since then has held various leadership positions including President of Score Educational Centers and Kaplan Tutoring. In his current role, Justin spearheaded the development of Kaplan’s Smart Track™ adaptive learning platform, which analyzes individual student performance and prescribes a customized learning program. Justin received his B.S. from Cornell University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

 

Hema Seshadri

VP, Products & Services, Jigyaasa

Hema Seshadri is VP, Products & Customer Happiness at Jigyaasa. Hema lives and breathes the Jigyaasa philosophy of using technology to make bring engaging and interactive learning for students of all ages. She has years of experience with several Fortune 100 companies in areas ranging from technology education, to product evangelism to building high performing teams.

Jeff Shelstad

Jeff Shelstad

Chief Executive Officer, Flat World Knowledge

Jeff is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flat World Knowledge, the largest publisher of openly-licensed college textbooks for students worldwide. The company has raised more than $30 million in funding from top investment firms and publishers, including Bessemer Venture Partners; Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG; and Random House, Inc. Before setting out to disrupt the $8 billion college textbook publishing industry, Jeff served served as Vice President and Editorial Director at Pearson Education and Publisher at McGraw-Hill. He is on the Board of Directors of the Education Division of the SIIA.

Susan Silveira

Susan Silveira

Senior Manager, Business Development, Qualcomm, Inc.

Susan Silveira serves as Senior Manager, Wireless Reach within Qualcomm’s Government Affairs department. In this role, she develops and implements the strategy for Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach™ education initiatives globally.

With more than six billion mobile connections worldwide, there is a tremendous opportunity to leverage mobile for education. In order to take advantage of this technology platform, Silveira is driving the development of a mobile education ecosystem by bringing together key stakeholders in government, education and industry to enable new business models and innovations for mEducation. In addition, she raises awareness among governments, schools and educators on how wireless technologies can facilitate and enhance the learning environment.

Thomas Squeo

Thomas Squeo

Chief Information Officer, Measured Progress

As a recognized expert in eLearning, Assessment & Academic Publishing technologies, Mr. Squeo is focused on the business of education—leveraging strategically aligned and tactically delivered Netcentric technology solutions that address the needs of students, educators, administrators, and institutions. Mr. Squeo is a proven leader with experience in working with State DOE (SEA) and District (LEA) organizations and governance structures throughout K-12 assessment management. He is a dynamic thought leader and demonstrated innovator, with deep experience in enterprise and education solution implementation throughout both preK-20 and corporate eLearning.

LaVerne Srinivasan

LaVerne Srinivasan

President, North America, Time To Know

LaVerne Srinivasan joined Time to Know in 2011, overseeing the interests of Time to Know in North America. LaVerne served as President of New Leaders for New Schools from 2007 to 2011. Previously, LaVerne served as the Deputy Chancellor for New York City Public Schools where she led the transformation of the Division of Human Resources into a strategic function in service of the district's human capital strategy.

Tom Stella

Tom Stella

Assistant Superintendent, Everett Public Schools, Massachusetts

Tom Stella has been a teacher and administrator for nearly four decades. Dr. Stella has been involved in the development and piloting of every major data initiative implemented by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, from the Student Information Management System (SIMS), to the Interoperability Framework (SIF) protocols allowing for the continues exchange of data between district and state systems. He recently served as a member of the Race and Ethnicity Data Implementation Task Force for the National Center for Education Statistics and the Graduation Rate Task Force for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He is currently a member of the Educational Technology Advisory Council, an advisory board to the Massachusetts Board of Education.

 

David Straus

Vice President Product, Kno, Inc.

David leads Kno's product group, which includes product strategy, product management, user experience and support. David has driven marketing and business development for both consumer and enterprise solutions at multiple companies including Hewlett-Packard, OpenVision Technologies (acquired by Symantec), TSW International (acquired by Indus), and OnDemand (acquired by Pega System). David has been actively involved in startups as an executive and investor for the past 20 years.

James Svatko

James Svatko

President, International Media Access, Inc.

James Svatko is a founder and President of International Media Access, Inc. (IMA), a company that has worked with its partners and associates in bringing innovative and entertaining educational solutions to the worldwide educational environment: classroom, consumer, home, and self-directed learning markets. IMA is positioning itself to partner with technological innovators to deliver K-12 science, language, ELL, and other learning experiences through such innovative portals as iPads, iPods, and the Cloud. Previous and current clients include: Apple, Warner Bros., BBC, NHK, Si-sa-yong-o-sa, Universal MCA, Nathan, Macmillan Heinneman, and Lexicon Marketing.

James Teicher

James Teicher

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The CyberSmart! Education Company

Jim Teicher is Cofounder and CEO of CyberSmart Education, a leader in online professional development and curriculum fostering 21st century skills. Jim founded CyberSmart! Africa in 2007 partnering with The Millennium Villages Project, a joint initiative of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Millennium Promise and the United Nations Development Programme, to provide a sustainable, scalable solution to 21st century learning and raising student achievement in the world's poorest nations. Working closely with USAID, the Senegalese Ministry of Education, and others, Jim is currently implementing a unique and comprehensive classroom digital learning solution for sub-Saharan Africa that integrates equipment, learning content, and professional development. Jim currently serves on the advisory board of the US Congressional Internet Caucus and on the consumer advisory board of McAfee Corp. Prior to CyberSmart. Prior to CyberSmart, Jim was CEO of the biometric security company Smart Tone Inc., was Division Vice President at PaineWebber Inc., and was product manger at AT&T.

 

Lauren Thorpe

Senior Director, Developer Relations, Qualcomm

 

Michael Trucano

Sr. ICT & Education Specialist, Human Development Network, The World Bank

Michael Trucano provides advice and support to World Bank country-level education projects seeking to utilize ICTs in various ways in multiple countries around the world; current areas of activity include ICT/education policy development, and the use of mobile phones in education. Mike is a frequent public speaker on the use of ICTs in education around the world, and on ICT use for development purposes more broadly.Mike is also the principal contributor to the World Bank's widely read EduTech blog (http://blogs.worldbank.org/edutech).

Bruce Umpstead

Bruce Umpstead

Strategic Partnerships, BrightBytes

Bruce Umpstead is the director of strategic partnerships with BrightBytes, a leading educational research and data organization used by thousands of schools and millions of students worldwide. BrightBytes’ flagship platform, Clarity, combines complex data with cutting-edge research and translates it into fast actions that improve student outcomes. Before joining BrightBytes, Bruce served as Michigan’s State Education Technology Director where he provided leadership on all things “ed tech,” including spearheading the states technology readiness initiative and establishing the state's K12 education network. He holds a B.A. in public administration and a M.B.A. in finance from Michigan State University.

Regina Umpstead

Regina Umpstead

Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University

Dr. Regina Umpstead is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership with Central Michigan University's College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Umpstead holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Dr. Umpstead's teaching and research interests are in the area of education law and policy.

Victoria Van Voorhis

Victoria Van Voorhis

Chief Executive Officer, Second Avenue Software

Victoria Van Voorhis is the founder and CEO of Second Avenue Software, Inc., which specializes in the development of award-winning interactive media and serious games for the K-16 education market. Second Avenue creatively blends pedagogy with technology to create innovative learning environments which empower teachers, engage students and improve outcomes. Ms. Van Voorhis previously taught at the middle school, high school and college levels and played a leadership role in strategic initiatives at Xerox.

Edward Walker

Edward Walker

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Deployment, Consulting Services for Education

Dr. Edward Walker is Executive Vice President of Consulting Services for Education, Inc. a consultancy that advises companies, institutions and agencies in the education marketplace on the synthesis of digital media, software technology, and business processes. He is a member of the SIIA Education Division Post-Secondary Sector Board and the CoSN Technical Committee and has served several advisory boards. He was CEO of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, Vice President of Business Development and Department Head at BBN Technologies, a Member of Staff at Bell Laboratories, a Principal Research Scientist at MIT, and a staff member at the CMU Software Engineering Institute.

Ken Wasch

Ken Wasch

President, SIIA

Ken Wasch's involvement in SIIA is based on both personal and professional interests. His long-standing interest in computers and software, coupled with the industry's need for a central trade association, led him to establish the Software Publishers Association (SPA) in 1984 with an initial group of 25 software firms. Wasch has led the association from its infancy to its merger with the Information Industry Association in January 1999, resulting in the formation of SIIA.

Mitchell Weisburgh

Mitchell Weisburgh

Managing Partner, Academic Business Advisors, LLC

Mitch Weisburgh is co-founder and managing partner of Academic Business Advisors. He writes the PILOTed blog at http://academicbiz.typepad.com and has spoken at a number of past conferences on how to start a business, education technology, open source, how to market and sell in education, investing in education and raising money. Weisburgh was Founder, President, and CEO of Personal Computer Learning Centers of America, Inc, and subsequently Chief Technical Officer of College Pilot.com, where he successfully designed, developed, launched, and managed an online learning management system and SAT preparation course.

Thomas Whitby

Thomas Whitby

Author/Blogger/Consultant, #EdProdChat by Lollapalooza Consultant Group

Thomas D. Whitby, author of The Relevant Educator. He is co-creator of #Edchat, an award-winning educational discussion group on Twitter (52,000 Twitter followers). He has recently started #EdProdChat, a weekly Twitter chat introducing education products to educators for discussion.Tom also created the Educator's PLN, a global Ning site, where approximately 16,000+ educators worldwide share and collaborate daily. He is the founder of seven educational groups on Linkedin, the largest being the 12,000+ member Technology-Using Professors Group. He has written about Social Media in Education for several national educational journals, including Learning and Leading: THE Journal and for the International Society for Technology in Education.

Dan White

Dan White

CEO, Filament Games

Dan White is a founding partner and CEO at Filament Games, where he directs both business and development operations. White earned an MS in Educational Communications and Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a BS in Communication Technologies from Cornell University. During his tenure at UW, Dan worked with leading games and education researchers, Dr. Kurt Squire and Dr. James Gee. He also acted as Designer of Instructional Technologies at the University of Wisconsin’s Division of Information Technology and the Academic ADL Co-Lab. Previously, White worked as a Producer on the Cornell Theory Center’s NSF-funded SciCentr Project, a series of innovative online virtual worlds for informal science and technology outreach. White serves on the advisory board for Games for Change and is a founding member of the GLS (Games Learning Society) organization at UW-Madison. He has presented on the business and design of learning games at numerous conferences, including Games for Change; NSTA (national); Serious Games; SIEGE; Games Learning Society; and Wisconsin Entrepreneurs. White has served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation and is serving as PI on two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants recently awarded to Filament by the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation.

Randy Wilhelm

Randy Wilhelm

Chief Executive Officer, Knovation

A driven leader of Knovation for over 12 years, Wilhelm is more than a pioneer in creating personalized learning solutions. Wilhelm co-founded netTrekker, Knovation's legacy brand and company, in 1999. With the introduction of netTrekker Search, Wilhelm led an industry-wide transformation in the delivery of digital content to all stakeholders in K-12 education. Prior to co-founding netTrekker, the corporate legacy of Knovation, Wilhelm spent more than a dozen years principally consulting with Fortune 500 businesses on improving how they buy and deliver employee benefits packages.

Christine Willig

Christine Willig

Senior Vice President/STEM, McGraw-Hill School Education Group

As Senior VP of STEM, Christine currently leads all product development and marketing for PreK-12 curriculum and instructional materials in math, science, engineering, and health for McGraw-Hill Education. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill, Chris served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Math Solutions, the leading provider of mathematics teacher professional development in the U.S. She led Math Solutions through a successful acquisition to Scholastic, Inc.

Linda Winter

Linda Winter

President/Owner, Winter Group

(NOTE: Will have Charlene send her bio)Linda Winter leads Winter Group, a creative services and strategic research firm focused on the education and related publishing and technology markets. Winter Group�s portfolio of capabilities includes complete campaign planning and execution, messaging, positioning and branding, and high performance promotion development. From creating integrated digital and multimedia marketing to direct sales support including conference strategies, webinars, and lead generation programs, we develop deliver our clients� marketing and sales messages directly to the education market�s buyers and decision-makers to support high stakes growth, positioning, and sales objectives.

Johann Zimmern

Johann Zimmern

Group Marketing Manager, WW Education, Adobe Systems, Inc.

Johann Zimmern is the worldwide education program manager for education at Adobe Systems in San Francisco. Johann is responsible for developing integrated school marketing campaigns and licensing programs, building education community engagement, and facilitating industry association partnerships. His work is centered on the development of 21st century literacy skills, creativity and innovation, with special focus on career & technical education including graphic design, web design & development and film and video production.


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